Starving horses found at lottery winner's ranch

February 16, 2012

SANGER, Calif. (AP) — Eight starving horses have been found on the California ranch of a man who won $40 million in a lottery 11 years ago.

Fresno County sheriff's deputies arrested 47-year-old Jose Francisco Romo on Wednesday and he was booked for investigation of felony animal cruelty. Bail is set at $40,000.

The Fresno Bee (http://bit.ly/wpuXCU ) reports Romo signed over ownership of 11 horses on the 40-acre San Joaquin Valley ranch to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The last three horses are being removed from the Sanger ranch on Thursday.

A neighbor called the SPCA about the emaciated horses.

Romo and his wife moved to the ranch shortly after winning the California SuperLotto jackpot in 2001.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com